ST. LOUIS (KMIZ)
The Democratic nominee for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Roy Blunt, Trudy Busch Valentine, lost her bid to be the next senator for Missouri.
Busch Valentine was hoping to be the first Democrat elected to the Senate in Missouri since former Sen. Clair McCaskill defeated Todd Akin in 2012.
The Associated Press called the race shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday in favor of Republican Eric Schmitt. Schmitt had 55% of the vote with 75% of the precincts in.
"Tonight did not end the way we hope..." she said in her concession speech at the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 36 in St. Louis. "Many of us are scared about Missouri’s future."
"We cannot give up. Change does not happen overnight," Busch Valentine said. "We can't give up because there is much at stake."